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3 Days in Quiberon Drei Tage in Quiberon Emily Atef 2018 Germany German, English, French Dutch subtitles PAL 115 min. | Director Emily Atef | 2018 | Germany | German / Dutch with Dutch/English subtitles
3 Days in Quiberon DVD cover1981, Quiberon, a small village on the coast of Brittany, France. Hilde Fritsch arrives to visit her old friend who has retreated to a spa hotel to escape the daily pressures of her life. Her friend is world-famous star Romy Schneider, but together they appear like two regular women, who are just happy to be reunited. Yet it quickly becomes apparent that Hilde is supposed to offer the support the sensitive actress needs to be able to truly face her own demons. Shortly after, the young journalist Michael Jürgs and Romy's long-time acquaintance, photographer Robert Lebeck, arrive to conduct an interview for the famous German magazine STERN. Immediately, a cat-and-mouse game ensues between the fragile diva and the ambitious author. Hilde attempts to guard her friend, while the journalists try to capture the most inner feelings of this fascinating woman for their audience. For three days and nights the action between tenderness and mutual manipulation keeps the four people deeply engaged in ups and downs of emotions, and reveals Romy Schneider to be more vulnerable than ever. And yet, by the end of those days, she may have found the inner strength to be able to start over, something she desperately wants...
Die 3-Groschen-Oper The Three Penny Opera Georg Wilhelm Pabst 1931 Zürich German English subtitles PAL 110 minutes | Writers: Bertolt Brecht, Léo Lania | Director Georg Pabst | 1931 | Germany | German with English subtitles
Die 3-Groschen-Oper DVD coverThe Threepenny Opera (German: Die 3-Groschen-Oper) is a 1931 German musical film directed by G. W. Pabst. It was produced by Seymour Nebenzal's Nero-Film for Tonbild-Syndikat AG (Tobis), Berlin and Warner Bros. Pictures GmbH, Berlin. The film is loosely based on the 1928 musical theatre success The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. As was usual in the early sound film era, Pabst also directed a French language version of the film, L'Opéra de quat'sous, with some variation of plot details (the French title literally translates as "the four penny opera"). A planned English version was not made. The two existing versions were released by The Criterion Collection on home video. The Threepenny Opera differs in significant respects from the play and the internal timeline is somewhat vague. The whole of society is presented as corrupt in one form or another. Only some of the songs from the play are used, in a different order. Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, the playwright and composer of the stage play that the film is based on, were originally hired to adapt the play for film, but Brecht quit in the middle of production, while Weill continued working on the film until he was fired. Brecht and Weill intended the piece as a satire on capitalism, and claimed that the ideological basis of the story was softened by director G. W. Pabst, who wanted the film to be more entertaining. In August 1933, Pabst's film was banned by the Nazis, and the negative and all prints that could be located were destroyed. The film was later reconstructed in 1960 by Thomas Brandon with the assistance of the Museum of Modern Art.
3-Penny Opera Die Dreigroschenoper Georg Willhelm Pabst 1931 USA German, French, English English subtitles NTSC 110 minutes | Writers: Bertolt Brecht, Léo Lania | Director Georg Pabst | 1931 | Germany | German with English subtitles
3-Penny Opera DVD cover2 disc set Disc 1: • Newly restored high-def digital transfer from Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv • Audio commentary by scholars David Bathrick and Eric Renschler • Archival intro by Threepenny stars Fritz Rasp and Ernst Busch • Exclusive documentary on Threepenny’s controversial journey from stage to screen • Improved English subtitle translation Disc 2: • L’opera de quat’ sous: Papst’s French-language version of the film • Multimedia presentation by film scholar Charles O’Brien on the differences between the French and German versions • Archival interview with Fritz Rasp • Galleries of production photos • New essay by film critic Tony Rayns
Die 4. Revolution Energy Autonomy Carl A. Fechner 2010 Germany German, French, English German subtitles PAL 1 hr 23 min | Writer: Hermann Scheer | Germany | German, French, English with German subtitles
Die 4. Revolution DVD coverWe know that we can do something. Sun, wind, hydro and geothermal energy are natural sources accessible to everyone all over the world without making any difference. And they are renewable, free and available in the long run. Only the widespread knowledge about the possibilities of renewable energy can ignite an international movement and take the absolutely necessary energy transition. We need a quickly enlightening medium that conveys this knowledge comprehensible and compactly. This can be provided by a great documentary. We have made it.
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Die abhandene Welt The Abandoned (Lost) World Margarethe von Trotta 2015 Germany German German subtitles for Hard of hearing PAL 97 min | Director and writer Margarethe von Trotta | 2015 | Germany | German with German subtitles for Hard of hearing
Die abhandene Welt DVD coverBy pure coincidence, a photograph found on the internet by chance of a renowned American opera singer, Caterina Fabiani, throws the lives of Paul Kromberger and his daughter Sophie into complete chaos. Paul, well advanced in his years, appears to recognize the image as that of his deceased wife Evelyn, Sophie's mother. Unable to convince her controlling-and-stubborn-to-a-fault father otherwise, Sophie sets off for New York to seek out this mysterious stranger...
Alles wird gut Everything will be fine Angelina Maccarone 1998 Germany German English subtitles NTSC 88 minutes | Writers: Fatima El-Tayeb & Angelina Maccarone | 1998 | Germany | German, English subtitles
Alles wird gut DVD coverThis savvy and sexy film opens with its heroine, [Nabou], a black lesbian living in Germany, being unceremoniously dumped by her lover Katja, a self-centered, blue-haired, white punker. [Nabou] takes a job cleaning Kim’s apartment, the straight black woman who lives in the same building just below Katja, ostensibly to stay as close as possible to her ex. Meanwhile Kim, with her own melodrama to deal with, feels overworked and underappreciated by her boyfriend, who is also her boss at the ad agency for which she works. While at first cool to and seemingly uninterested in each other, [Nabou] and Kim’s relationship blossoms over time, even as Katja decides she wants [Nabou] back and Kim’s boyfriend pops the big marriage question. With its hip soundtrack, overlapping story lines, and satirical take on racism, Everything Will Be Fine is a modern lesbian comedy sure to surprise and please.
The American Friend Der amerikanische Freund Wim Wenders 1977 USA German, French, English English subtitles NTSC 126min | Director Wim Wenders | 1977 | Germany | English, French, German with English subtitles

The American Friend DVD coverWim Wenders pays loving homage to rough-and-tumble Hollywood film noir with The American Friend, a loose adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel Ripley’s Game. Dennis Hopper oozes quirky menace as an amoral American art dealer who entangles a terminally ill German everyman, played by Bruno Ganz, in a seedy criminal underworld as revenge for a personal slight—but when the two become embroiled in an ever-deepening murder plot, they form an unlikely bond. Filmed on location in Hamburg and Paris, with some scenes shot in grimy, late-seventies New York City, Wenders’s international breakout is a stripped-down crime story that mixes West German and American film flavors, and it features cameos by filmmakers Jean Eustache, Samuel Fuller, and Nicholas Ray.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New, restored 4K digital transfer, commissioned by the Wim Wenders Stiftung | A Foundation and supervised by director Wim Wenders, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray • Audio commentary from 2002 featuring Wenders and actor Dennis Hopper • New interview with Wenders • New interview with actor Bruno Ganz • Deleted scenes with audio commentary by Wenders • Trailer • New English subtitle translation • PLUS: An essay by author Francine Prose (2 NTSC copies)

Audre Lorde-the Berlin Years: 1984-1992 Dagmar Schultz 2012 Germany English, German English/French/
German/Spanish
NTSC 79min | Director Dagmar Schultz | 2012 | Germany | English/German with subtitles in English/French/German/Spanish
Photo of Audre Lorde © Dr. Dagmar SchultzAudre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 focuses on Audre Lorde’s relation to the German Black Diaspora, her literary as well as political influence, and is a unique visual document about the times the author spent in Germany. The film is also for coming generations a valuable historical document of German history, which tells about the development of an Afro-German movement and the origins of the anti-racist movement before and after the German reunification. The film relates the beginnings of these political debates and therefore facilitates a historical analysis and an understanding of present debates on identity and racism in Germany. For the first time, Dagmar Schultz’s archival video- and audio recordings and footage will be made available to a wide public. The film represents an important addition to the documentary “A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde“ by Ada Gray Griffin and Michelle Parkerson which was screened at the 45th Berlin Film Festival in 1995.
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Die bleierne Zeit Marianne und Juliane, The German Sisters Margarethe von Trotta 1981 Germany German English subtitles NTSC 106min | Director Margarethe von Trotta | 1981 | Germany | German with English subtitles
Die bleierne Zeit DVD cover The screenplay is a fictionalized account of the true lives of Christiane and Gudrun Ensslin. Gudrun, a member of The Red Army Faction, was found dead in her prison cell in Stammheim in 1977. In the film, Von Trotta depicts the two sisters Juliane (Christine) and Marianne (Gudrun) through their friendship and journey to understanding each other. Marianne and Juliane was von Trotta's third film and solidified her position as a director of the New German Cinema. This film was well received and became a platform for Von Trotta as a director of the new German cinema. Though she was not as highly recognized as her male counterparts, the New German Cinema and the study of the more human side of contemporary political issues (like terrorism in this case) became her focus. In America the film was pitched to be less about terrorism and the emotional side of the strained relationship but more about a sisterly relationship that was searching for understanding. (Finn) The film did not meet only with praise. It was also criticized for attempting to "hide" its meaning behind the sister-sister relationship. A meaning that was empathetic to the plight of the terrorist-activist. Charlotte Delorme, a critic, stated: "If Marianne and Juliane were really what it claims to be it would not have gotten any support, distribution, and exhibition." (Finn) Acclaimed director Ingmar Bergman named the film as one of his favourite eleven films of all time in 1994.
The Blue Angel Der blaue Engel Josef von Sternberg 1930 USA English, German English subtitles NTSC 108min | Director Josef von Sternberg | 1930 | Germany | German with English subtitles

The Blue Angel DVD cover2-disc set includes both English and German versions of the film; audio commentary (German version only); Marlene Dietrich’s “Blue Angel” screen test, Dietrich interview footage; original trailer; Dietrich concert footage; photo gallery; filmaker/cast bios; production history

An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer. Immanuel Rath is a stuffy, disciplinarian professor who is shocked to discover his students passing around a postcard of Lola-Lola, a singer at The Blue Angel cabaret. Hoping to catch his students there, Professor Rath visits the nightclub and witnesses Lola-Lola's performance. Entranced by her dissolute charms, he gets drunk on champagne and spends the night with her. The ensuing scandal causes him to lose control of his students and he is terminated from his position. Returning to Lola, he agrees to marry her and joins the troupe. His humiliation at having to play a clown onstage is compounded by Lola's attraction to the strongman Mazeppa. To make matters worse, the troupe returns to the professor's hometown, forcing him to acknowledge how far he has fallen.

The Bridge Die Brücke Bernhard Wicki 1959 USA German English subtitles NTSC 103min | Bernhard Wick | 1959 | Germany | German | German with English subtitles

The Bridge DVD coverBernhard Wicki’s astonishing The Bridge was the first major antiwar film to come out of Germany after World War II, as well as the nation’s first postwar film to be widely shown internationally, even securing an Oscar nomination. Set near the end of the conflict, it follows a group of teenage boys in a small town as they contend with everyday matters like school, girls, and parents, before enlisting as soldiers and being forced to defend their home turf in a confused, terrifying battle. This expressively shot, emotionally bruising drama dared to humanize young German soldiers at a historically tender moment, and proved influential for the coming generation of New German Cinema auteurs.

SPECIAL FEATURES • New interview with writer Gregor Dorfmeister, on whose autobiographical novel the film is based • New interview with filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff about the film’s impact on German cinema • Interview from 1989 with director Bernhard Wicki • Excerpt from a 2007 documentary by Elisabeth Wicki-Endriss, Wicki’s widow, featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot • PLUS: An essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty

Die Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann Franz Peter Wirth 2017 Germany German German subtitles PAL 638min | Director Franz Peter Wirth | 2017 | German with German subtitles

Die Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann DVD coverDie große Fernsehverfilmung aus dem Jahr 1979 ist eine opulente und detailreiche Inszenierung in 11 Teilen. Dank der Komplettbox steht Ihrem Seriengenuss damit nichts mehr im Weg.

Buddenbrooks is a 1901 novel by Thomas Mann, chronicling the decline of a wealthy north German merchant family over the course of four generations, incidentally portraying the manner of life and mores of the Hanseatic bourgeoisie in the years from 1835 to 1877. Mann drew deeply from the history of his own family, the Mann family of Lübeck, and their milieu.

The exploration of decadence in the novel reflects the influence of Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Representation (1818, 1844) on the young Mann. The Buddenbrooks of successive generations experience a gradual decline of their finances and family ideals, finding happiness increasingly elusive as values change and old hierarchies are challenged by Germany's rapid industrialisation. The characters who subordinate their personal happiness to the welfare of the family firm encounter reverses, as do those who do not. The city where the Buddenbrooks live shares so many street names and other details with Mann's native town of Lübeck that the identification is unmistakable, although the novel makes no mention of the name. The young author was condemned for writing a scandalous, defamatory roman à clef about (supposedly) recognizable personages. Mann defended the right of a writer to use material from his own experience.

The years covered in the novel were marked by major political and military developments that reshaped Germany, such as the Revolutions of 1848, the Austro-Prussian War, and the establishment of the German Empire. Historic events nevertheless generally remain in the background, having no direct bearing on the lives of the characters.

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Charlotte Rampling: The Look Angelina Maccarone 2011 Germany English German subtitles PAL 97min | Director Angelina Maccarone | 2011 | Germany | English with German subtitles

Charlotte Rampling: The Look DVD coverNYTimes interview with director: It is a very interesting and quite different type of documentary looking at one of the most prolific and fascinating actresses of her generation — Charlotte Rampling. I was able to ask director Angelina Maccarone (Vivere) some questions (by email) as her film premieres here in the US.

  • Women and Hollywood: Why were you interested in making a film about Charlotte Rampling?
  • Angelina Maccarone: Charlotte is an outstanding actress. She dares to go really far in the choice of her roles and also in the way she embodies these unusual female characters. Trespassing on subjects that are not supposed to be touched upon by women, and by that becoming a role model for women of her own and subsequent generations.
  • WaH: How did you get her to agree to it?
  • AM: Charlotte wanted to see my films before she agreed to even meet me, which is understandable. And then she wanted to know what I had in mind. My idea to make a film WITH her and to listen to HER rather than to other people talking about her was an idea found appealing. And also my concept to have nine chapters in which I wanted to hear what she had to say about themes of life instead of chronologically giving facts, spoke to her. Throughout the whole process she had doubts if this could be interesting enough since she is not a vain person. But since it was so interesting to me to hear what she has to say, I slowly convinced her that it would be interesting for other people and for an audience as well.
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Ein deutsches Leben A German Life Christian Krönes 2016 Germany German   PAL 107min | Director Christian Krönes | 2016 | Germany | no subtitles
Ein deutsches Leben DVD coverBrunhilde Pomsel describes herself as an "apolitical girl" and a "figure on the margins," but she got closer to one of the worst criminals in world history than anyone else left alive. Today aged 104, Pomsel served as Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels' stenographer. Brunhilde Pomsel's life mirrors all the major breaks and continuities of the 20th century. Many people think that the dangers of war and fascism have been overcome. Brunhilde Pomsel makes it clear that this is not case. "A German Life" makes the viewer automatically ask: How would I have acted? What principles might I have betrayed to advance my career? Her extraordinary biography and personal journey into the past lead to the disturbing but timeless question: How reliable is my own moral compass?
Disobedience   Sebastián Lelio 2018 United Kingdom English   NTSC 1h 54min | Director Sebastián Lelio | 2018 | USA
Disobedience DVD coverA woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Disobedience is a 2017 romantic drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio and written by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, based on the novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman. The film stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola. Set in North London, it tells the story of a woman who returns to the strict Orthodox Jewish community for her father's funeral after living in New York for many years, having been estranged from her father and ostracised by the community for a reason that becomes clearer as the story unfolds. The film was produced by Rachel Weisz, Ed Guiney, and Frida Torresblanco. Disobedience had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September 2017.
The Divine Order Die göttliche Ordnung Petra Volpe 2018 Switzerland Swiss German, French, English English subtitles PAL 1h 36min | Director Petra Volpe | 2018 | In German with English subtitles

The Divine Order DVD coverA 2017 Swiss comedy-drama film directed and written by Petra Volpe. It was selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated. The film centres on Nora Ruckstuhl, a housewife and mother in a small village. She publicly advocates for women's suffrage in Switzerland to be voted on in a 1971 referendum.

In the early 1970s as black power, women's liberation and the sexual revolution are overtaking America, Nora Ruckstuhl is a housewife living in a small Swiss farming village where she lives with her husband, Hans, their two sons, and her father-in-law. When Nora suggests that she might like to go back to work as she is bored of housework her husband suggests that they have another child.…

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Erleuchtung garantiert Enlightenment Guaranteed Doris Dörrie 1999 USA German English subtitles NTSC 108min | Director Doris Dörrie | 1999 | Germany | Swiss German with English subtitles
Erleuchtung garantiert DVD coverNoted German filmmaker Doris Dörrie directs this understated comedy about two middle-aged brothers who go to study at a Zen monastery in Japan. The two brothers could not be more different. Uwe (Uwe Ochsenknecht) is a bored husband and kitchenware salesman, while Gustav (Gustav Peter Wohler) is a flighty feng shui consultant and Eastern religions devotee. Just as Gustav is preparing to leave for the land of the rising sun, Uwe, whose wife just dumped him, begs his brother to let him tag along. The first night in Tokyo proves to be a disaster. After a night of drinking, the pair get lost, spend the last of their cash on an ill-fated taxi ride, lose their credit cards, and end up sleeping in some boxes on the city streets. But this deprivation prepares them for the hard living of monastic life, including 4:30 a.m. wake up calls, elaborate dining rituals, long periods of silent mediation, and a punishing cleaning routine. As the days wear on, Gustav soon finds himself buckling under the strain while Uwe demonstrates himself to be much more adaptable to a monk's life. The experience eventually brings the night-and-day brothers closer together.
Evet, ich will! Yes, I will! Sinan Akkus 2010 Germany German English, Turkish subtitles PAL 1h 30min | Director Sinan Akkus | 2009 | Germany | German with English and Turkish subtitles

Evet, ich will! DVD coverEvet, ich will is a refreshing Turkish–German comedy about four cross-cultural couples in Berlin. All are challenged to grapple with political, cultural, and religious differences in the name of love.

One of the couples are Emrah and Tim. Emrah’s traditional Turkish family does not know that he is gay and his parents have already found a bride for him. Tim, who is German, makes it clear that their relationship is over if Emrah marries this woman… Despite their fathers’ bitter resistance, Kurdish-German Coskun and Turkish-German Günay want to marry… Turkish-German Özlem loves the German Dirk whose parents never married and are against Dirk’s conversion to Islam… Salih arrives from Turkey wanting to find and marry a German citizen so that he can stay in Germany…

Serious issues of intercultural relationships are presented with humor as the film sensitively interweaves prejudices and realities.

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Facing Arthur   Stefan Knerrich 2002 Canada English   NTSC 60min | Director Stefan Knerrich | 2002 | USA | English Narr. Susan Sarandon
Facing Arthur DVD coverArthur Lederman is 100 years old. Before World War II, he was a renowned concert violinist in his native Poland. In 1938, he escaped via steamship to New York City and was the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust. Christoph Erbsloeh is a 20-year-old German cellist whose grandfather served in Hitler's army. But when a Jewish aid agency sends the young exchange student to help the elderly recluse, Arthur and Christoph both begin to confront the legacy of Nazi Germany in ways neither had ever imagined. Susan Sarandon narrates this award-winning HBO documentary about the unlikely friendship between two men born 80 years apart whose histories of anger and suspicion develop into an uncommon bond of reconciliation and respect.
Falling Fallen Barbara Albert 2006 Austria German English subtitles NTSC 1h 28min | Director Barbara Albert | 2006 Austria | German with English subtitles
Falling DVD coverThe death of a schoolteacher leads to a reunion between a handful of close friends in this drama from writer and director Barbara Albert. Five longtime friends return to the town where they grew up for the first time since they were teenagers in order to pay their respects to a teacher who had a major impact on their lives. However, fate has taken the five women in very different directions since they left school. Carmen (Kathrin Resetarits) has become a working actress, Alex (Ursula Strauss) is a clerk at an unemployment office, Brigitte (Birgit Minichmayr) works as a schoolteacher, Nina (Nina Proll) is out of a job and anticipating the birth a baby is two months, and Nicole (Gabriela Hegedus) has fallen into a life of crime and has been given a furlough from prison to attend the funeral, with her 12-year-old daughter Daphne (Ina Strand) in tow. As the women look back at the possibilities of their youth, they must also consider the circumstances which led them where they are today, and the bonds of friendship which still hold them together despite the physical distance between them.
Fasia Jansen – Eine deutsche Biographie Fasia Jansen, a German biography Christel Priemer 1984 Germany German   NTSC 45min | Director Christel Priemer | 1985 | Germany | German, no subtitles
Fasia Jansen – Eine deutsche Biographie DVD coverTrägerin des Bundesverdienstkreuzes Trägerin der Ehrennadel der Stadt Oberhausen Die uneheliche Tochter des liberianischen Generalkonsuls Momulu Massaquoi und des deutschen Zimmermädchens Elli Jansen erlebte schon früh Hänseleien und Ausgrenzung auf Grund ihrer Hautfarbe als auch auf Grund ihrer unehelichen Geburt. Die in einem Hamburger Arbeiterviertel aufgewachsene Jansen durchlebte in der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus die Probleme eines offensichtlich „nichtarischen“ Menschen. Ihre an Josephine Baker orientierte Hoffnung, ihr Leben mit Musik und Tanz zu bestreiten, wurde vorerst zerstört, als sie mit 11 Jahren aus der Tanzschule geworfen und drei Jahre später zum Zwangsdienst in der Küche des KZ Neuengamme bei Hamburg gezwungen wurde. Die Fünfzehnjährige erlebte sowohl die Brutalität der SS als auch die Verzweiflung der Häftlinge – Erlebnisse, die ihr Leben entscheidend prägten. Im Konzentrationslager zog sie sich ein Herzleiden zu, unter dem sie den Rest ihres Lebens litt. In der jungen Bundesrepublik versuchte Jansen, die Erfahrungen aus dem Lager zu verarbeiten und das Andenken der Toten und ihrer Ideale aufrechtzuerhalten. Sie begann wieder mit der Musik, zuerst in einem Hamburger Chor, später auch mit eigenen Liedern. Sie zog ins Ruhrgebiet und engagierte sich in den politischen Kämpfen der Zeit. Sie trat bei zahlreichen Ostermärschen auf, unter anderem 1966 zusammen mit Joan Baez, spielte bei den großen Streiks vor den Werkstoren von Krupp, Hoesch oder Thyssen und bei der Weltfrauenkonferenz der UNO in Nairobi und trat auf den Burg-Waldeck-Festivals auf. Sie erhielt zahlreiche Strafbefehle wegen Volksverhetzung und Widerstand gegen die Staatsgewalt, aber immer wieder auch Angebote, Schlager zu singen und somit kommerziell erfolgreich zu werden. Der Vater von Fasia Jansen war außerdem der Großvater des Journalisten und Schriftstellers Hans-Jürgen Massaquoi. Obwohl beide in Nachbarschaft zueinander aufwuchsen, kannten sie sich nicht persönlich. Fasia Jansen war Ehrenbürgerin der Stadt Oberhausen und seit 1991 Trägerin des Verdienstkreuzes am Bande der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.
Die Frau mit 5 Elefanten The Woman with Five Elephants Vadim Jendreyko 2009 Germany German, Russian German, English, French, Italian… NTSC 93min | Director Vadim Jendreyko | 2009 | German, Russian with German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish subtitles
Die Frau mit 5 Elefanten DVD coverSwetlana Geier is considered the greatest translator of Russian literature into German. Her new translations of Dostoyevsky’s five great novels, known as the "five elephants," are her life’s work and literary milestones. "The concept of transportation is not an adequate metaphor for translation. It is not transportation, since the luggage never arrives. I’ve always been interested in the losses. By what always has to be left outside that which has been newly created, the translation." Her work is characterised by a great and sensual feeling for language and uncompromising respect for the writers she translates. The standard she sets for her translations is that their encapsulated spirit must correspond to the essence of the author. At the same time, she is aware that every translation is, in the end, an incomplete work, bound to the era of its creation. She says: "Translations are mortal. Every epoch deserves its own translations." Swetlana Geier’s life was overshadowed by Europe’s varied history and her fate is unusual: Born in the Ukraine in 1923, she saw, at the age of fifteen, how her father was arrested during Stalin’s purges and released after eighteen months of terrible mistreatment, only to die soon thereafter. At eighteen she lost her best friend, when SS commandos executed 30,000 Jews in Kiev. She worked as an interpreter during the occupation of the Ukraine. In 1943 she and her mother were sent to a labour camp for Eastern European prisoners in Dortmund. She experienced the horrors of two dictatorships, but repeatedly came into contact with people who had the moral courage to assist her and make her survival possible. "There was a man who stood up for me. He was employed at the ministry for the occupied Eastern territories. And it wasn’t that he was looking for some sweet young thing to drag into bed. During that time I met some German people who, entirely selflessly, achieved the impossible for me." … The film traces its protagonist’s recollections as fragments, archive footage reflects the events in world history she witnessed. It accompanies her back to the sealed scenes of her childhood and follows her at home whilst she goes about her daily and literary business. The film interweaves the story of Swetlana Geier’s life with her literary work and traces the secret of this inexhaustible mediator of language. It tells of great suffering, silent helpers and unhoped-for chances - and a love of language that outshines all else.
Die Fremde When We Leave Feo Aladag 2010 Germany German English, German for hearing impaired PAL 1h 59min | Written and directed by Feo Aladag | 2011 | German with English subtitles
Die Fremde DVD coverA Turkish German woman wages a near-hopeless battle to assert her independence from the oppressive values of her family and their Old World culture in "When We Leave," a doleful melodrama. There are some intense, moving sequences, but too much emotional badgering and a general shortage of finesse. The beleaguered central character, Umay (Sibel Kekilli), a German-born woman of Turkish background, suffers physical abuse from her husband in Istanbul. Pushed beyond her limit, she flees with their young son (Nizam Schiller) to her family in Berlin, where she hits a wall of cultural attitude. By leaving her husband and, worse yet, taking the boy, she has brought shame on the family. (San Francisco Chronicle) (Director Feo Aladag made the movie in the wake of a series of honor killings in Germany's Turkish community.)
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Geschenkt wurde uns nichts We weren’t given anything for free Eric Esser 2014 Germany Italian German, English, Spanish subtitles PAL 58min | Director Eric Esser | 2014 | Germany | Italian with German, English, Spanish subtitles

Geschenkt wurde uns nichts DVD coverDie Geschichte einer italienischen Partisanin

Annita 'Laila' Malavasi was an Italian partisan during the Second World War and one of the few female commanders in the resistance. She spent over a year in the Apennines, fighting against the German occupation. At the same time, she had to assert herself in the male-dominated Italian society. This film is a portrait of Laila and two of her comrades, Gina 'Sonia' Moncigoli and Pierina 'Iva' Bonilauri. It chronicles their experiences as they discuss the Resistenza and what it meant to them and many other women. This is a story of emancipation before and after Italy's liberation from fascism. —Eric Esser

Der geteilte Himmel The Divided Sky Konrad Wolf 1964 USA German English subtitles NTSC 1h 49min | Director: Konrad Wolf | 1964 | Germany) | German with English subtitles
Der geteilte Himmel DVD coverWhile recovering from a mental breakdown, the young Rita Seidel recalls the last two years, in which she fell in love with Manfred, a chemist who is ten years older. As Manfred became disillusioned with his opportunities in East Germany, he moved to the West. Rita followed him there and tried to persuade him to return but soon realized he would never do it. Rita comes to terms with the past and decides to concentrate on her work and the building of a socialist society. Although some of the characters are shown as overzealous in their support of the regime, for obvious reasons the nature of the East German dictatorship is never depicted or discussed. The Stasi, the all-pervasive secret police headed by the director's brother Markus Wolf, is not mentioned. The film is set in the period immediately before the Berlin Wall was built.
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Harvest of Empire   Peter Getzels 2012 USA English   NTSC 92min | Directed by Peter Getzels | 2012 | USA | English
Harvest of Empire DVD coverFilm based on the ground-breaking book by award-winning journalist and Democracy Now! co-host Juan González. Featuring real life stories and rare archival footage, the film examines the political events, social conditions, and U.S. government actions that led millions of Latino families to leave their homelands in an unprecedented wave of migration over the past six decades. At a time of heated and divisive debate over federal immigration policy, producers Eduardo López and Wendy Thompson-Marquez felt it was important to offer a rare and powerful glimpse into the enormous sacrifices and rarely-noted triumphs of the millions of Latino immigrants who are transforming the cultural and economic landscape of the nation. -- (C) Official Site
Die Hebamme: Auf Leben und Tod The Midwife: A Matter of Life and Death Dagmar Hirtz 2010 Germany/Austria German   PAL 90 min | Written by Peter Probst and directed by Dagmar Hirtz | German, no subtitles
Die Hebamme: Auf Leben und Tod DVD coverDie Hebamme – Auf Leben und Tod ist ein deutsch-österreichischer Fernsehfilm aus dem Jahr 2010. Er wurde beim Filmfest München 2010 uraufgeführt, am 1. November 2010 auf ORF 2 erstgesendet und lief am 9. Mai 2011 als Fernsehfilm der Woche im ZDF. In dem um 1813 spielenden Historienfilm spielt Brigitte Hobmeier die Titelrolle einer Tiroler Hebamme, die mit der Kirche und der Schulmedizin in Konflikt kommt (von Wikipedia) In einem Tiroler Bergdorf lebt um 1815 herum die verwitwete Hebamme Rosa Kölbl mit ihrer jungen Schwester Anna. Zur selben Zeit, als sie der Bachler-Bäuerin fast gegen deren Willen bei der Geburt des achten Kindes hilft, ist auch der junge Medicus Gennaro Kauner beim Pfarrer im Dorf zu Besuch. Rasch ist zu erkennen, dass sie mit dem jungen Arzt viele Ansichten teilt, die aber für die damalige Zeit als aufklärerisch gelten. Eine davon ist die Idee des Arztes (und dessen Vorgesetzten) eines Gebärhauses, in dem Frauen in Ruhe und unter wesentlich hygienischeren Bedingungen ihre Kinder zur Welt bringen können als im Dorf oder den Armenvierteln der Stadt. (Eine Rezension von Professorin Luise Pusch.)
Die Heiden von Kummerow und ihre lustigen Streiche The Heathens of Kummerow and Their Funny Pranks Werner Jacobs 1967 Germany German   PAL 90min | Director Werner Jacobs | 1967 | Germany | German, no subtitles
Die Heiden von Kummerow und ihre lustigen Streiche DVD coverA 1967 East German-West German comedy film directed by Werner Jacobs and starring Paul Dahlke, Ralf Wolter and Fritz Tillmann. Das pommersche Dorf Kummerow zur Zeit Bismarcks: Pastor Breithaupt, der streitbare Seelenhirte der Gemeinde, hält zwar viel von Tradition, von heidnischen Bräuchen aber gar nichts. So ist ihm der Ritus des "Heidendöpen", den die Kinder von Kummerow jedes Jahr leidenschaftlich pflegen, zutiefst zuwider. Jahr für Jahr stehen sie im eiskalten Wasser des Mühlbachs, und wer es am längsten aushält, wird zum König gekrönt. Dass Breithaupts Jüngste, Ulrike, die "Braut" bei diesem Wettbewerb spielt, verschlimmert die Sache natürlich erheblich. (https://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/epg/import/Die-Heiden-von-Kummerow-und-ihre-lustigen-Streiche,sendung81272.html)
Herr Lehmann Berlin Blues Leander Haußmann 2003 Germany German English subtitles PAL 1h 45min | Director Leander Haußmann | 2003 | Germany | German with English subtitles
Herr Lehmann DVD coverIn October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years. A lethargic sub-culture of students, artists, bohemians and barflys had flourished among crumbling buildings. Part of that microcosm is barkeeper Frank, semi-formally called 'Herr Lehmann' by friends and patrons. He hangs out drinking, sports utter disregard for anything beyond SO 36 and lazily pursues an affair with cook Katrin. His lifestyle is gradually disturbed, when his parents show up for a visit, things go awry with Katrin and his best friend Karl starts to act strange. Meanwhile, political turmoil mounts on the other side of the Wall. -
Herr Zwilling und Frau Zuckermann Mr. Zwilling and Mrs. Zuckermann Volker Koepp 2009 Germany German, Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, Ukrainian German, French, and English subtitles PAL 2h 6min | Documentary | 1999 | Germany | German, French, and English subtitles
Herr Zwilling und Frau Zuckermann DVD coverOnly two Jews who were born in the town of Czernowitz still survive, after the turmoils of the twentieth century, and they are now both in their nineties. Czernowitz, die traditionelle Hauptstadt der Bukowina im Westen der Ukraine, war als Grenzlandschaft über Jahrhunderte lang vom Einfluss verschiedener Völker geprägt – einst machten Juden sogar die Hälfte der gesamten Bevölkerung aus, bevor es 1941 zur Deportation von Deutschen und Rumänen kam. Herr Zwilling und Frau Zuckermann gehören noch der alten Generation jener in Czernowitz geborenen Juden an – sie verbindet aber nicht nur ihre gemeinsame Vergangenheit und die deutsche Sprache, sondern auch eine enge Freundschaft. Und so besucht Herr Zwilling seine mittlerweile 90-jährige Freundin tagtäglich, um über das gemeinsam Erlebte oder auch über Politik und Literatur zu plaudern. Während die beiden sich also stets über ihre alltäglichen Probleme austauschen, wird gleichzeitig deutlich, dass das Leid, das im 20. Jahrhundert so viele Menschen erfahren haben, auch bei ihnen Spuren hinterlassen hat. 2 copies of this film
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In-line Skating, Berlin     2008 Germany German English subtitles NTSC A collection of news stories from 2008 • In-Line Skating, Berlin 2008 • Nachricht: Tempelhof ist Geschichte • Bericht: Tempelhof - Geschichte und Zukunft

In-line Skating, Berlin DVD coverTempelhof ist Geschichte

Tempelhof - Geschichte und Zukunft

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Jacob the Liar Jakob der Lügner Frank Beyer 1974 USA German English, Spanish, French, Hebrew NTSC 1h 40min | Director Frank Beyer | 1974 | Germany | German with English, Spanish, French, Hebrew subtitles
Jacob the Liar DVD coverA Jewish ghetto in central Europe, 1944. By coincidence, Jakob Heym eavesdrops on a German radio broadcast announcing the Soviet Army is making slow by steady progress towards central Europe. In order to keep his companion in misfortune, Mischa, from risking his life for a few potatoes, he tells him what he heard and announces that he is in possession of a radio - in the ghetto a crime punishable by death. It doesn't take long for word of Jakob's secret to spread - suddenly, there is new hope and something to live for - and so Jakob finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to come up with more and more stories.
Dieses Jahr in Czernowitz This Year in Chernivtsi Volker Koepp 2009 Germany German, Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, Ukrainian German subtitles PAL 2h 14min | Director Volker Koepp | 2004 | Austria | German, Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, Ukrainian, with German subtitles
Dieses Jahr in Czernowitz DVD coverVet German docmeister Volker Koepp’s “This Year in Czernowitz” is a companion piece to his 1999 pic “Herr Zwilling and Frau Zuckerman,” which centered on two of the last surviving Jews in the titular Ukrainian city. New docu rounds up a multinational group of those who’d escaped the city’s Nazi era, or are descended from same. More diffuse and thus a bit less poignant, pic is still a graceful, contemplatively paced item that will attract fests and select broadcasters. Controlled in turn by Austria, Romania and Russia, Czernowitz was once a cultural (and highly cultured) melting pot with a Jewish population comprising about half its total 150,000. These days, it’s quieter, smaller, less diverse, and again a source for exodus–though now for economic rather than political reasons. Among those journeying back to explore their roots and visit family burial sites are the U.S.-based writer Norman Manea, actor Harvey Keitel (whose segs are the least engaging), a Berlin cellist, and two middle-aged Viennese sisters. Their visits are variably painful or pleasant, provoking meditation on the concepts of home, native language and belonging. Handsome lensing tops accomplished tech package. https://variety.com/2005/film/reviews/this-year-in-czernowitz-1200528600/#!
Jalda und Anna: Erste Generation danach Jalda and Anna: the first generation after Katinka Zeuner 2012 Germany German English, Spanish subtitles PAL 75 min | Directors: Katinka Zeuner, Benjamin Laser | 2012 | Germany | German with English, Spanish subtitles
Jalda und Anna: Erste Generation danach DVD coverJalda Rebling und Anna Adam verbinden sehr viele Sachen. Nicht nur, dass sie beide gemeinsam im Stadtteil Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin zusammen wohnen und dass sich beide dafür entschieden haben ihrem Leben in der Kunst einen Ausdruck zu geben. Was die beiden viel mehr eint, ist der Fakt, dass sie Töchter sind, dessen Mütter jeweils den Holocaust in Auschwitz überlebt haben. Und dieser Aspekt der Vergangenheit findet sich heute in vielen Facetten ihres Lebens wieder. Der Film begleitet die lebensfrohen Damen. Er zeigt, wie sie ihre Arbeit als Künstler nutzen, um die Geschehnisse der Vergangenheit zu reflektieren und kommentieren. Annas Kunstprojekte wie der "happy hippie jew bus" gehören genauso dazu, wie Jaldas Tätigkeit als Musikerin in einer mittelalterlichen jüdischen Musikstil-Band und ihr Werken als Mitglied der Concervatice Yeshiva Universität in Jerusalem. === Jalda Rebling and Anna Adam share many things. Not only that they both live together in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin and that they both decided to express their lives in art. What unites the two much more is the fact that they are daughters whose mothers each survived the Holocaust in Auschwitz. And this aspect of the past can be found in many facets of their lives today. The film accompanies the cheerful ladies as it shows how they use their work as artists to reflect on and comment on the events of the past. Anna's art projects such as the "happy hippie jew bus" are just as much a part of this as Jalda's work as a musician in a medieval Jewish music style band and her work as a member of the Concervatice Yeshiva University in Jerusalem.
Jargo   Maria Solrun 2004 Germany German English subtitles NTSC 1h 30min | Director Maria Solrun | 2004 | Germany | German with English subtitles
Jargo DVD coverA handsome boy on the brink of adulthood finds his quest to become a man leading him down a dangerous path in director Maria Solrun's dark coming-of-age tale. Jargo (Constantin von Jascheroff) has everything a young man could want; a lavish home in Saudi Arabia and more money than he knows what to do with. When his father (Udo Kier) suddenly and unexpectedly commits suicide, however, Jargo is forced to relocate to a Berlin housing project, where he strikes up a friendship with young Kamil (Oktay Özdemir). A low-rent Turkish criminal who quickly teaches his new friend the ropes while inducting him into the drug-addled world of all night raves and beautiful girls, Kamil begins setting into motion a daring plan to rob the Filipino cigarette mafia. As the day of the heist draws near and Kamil discovers that the disloyal Jargo has cemented his manhood by sleeping with Kamil's girlfriend, Mona, the spurned lover hastily amends his plan to include a dangerous trap for his naïve, onetime friend. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Das Kaninchen bin ich The Rabbit Is Me Kurt Maetzig 1965 USA German English subtitles NTSC 1h 50min | Director Kurt Maetzig | 1965 | Germany) | German with English subtitles
Das Kaninchen bin ich DVD coverDas Kaninchen bin ich ist eine 1964/65 vom DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme, Gruppe „Roter Kreis“, verfilmte Literaturadaption von Regisseur Kurt Maetzig, die auf dem Roman Maria Morzeck oder Das Kaninchen bin ich von Manfred Bieler basiert. Der Film war bis 1990 in der DDR verboten, da er sich kritisch mit dem Sozialismus – insbesondere mit der Strafjustiz – auseinandersetzte. === The Rabbit Is Me was made in 1965 to encourage discussion of the democratization of East German society. In it, a young student has an affair with a judge who once sentenced her brother for political reasons; she eventually confronts him with his opportunism and hypocrisy. It is a sardonic portrayal of the German Democratic Republic's judicial system and its social implications. The film was banned by officials as an anti-socialist, pessimistic and revisionist attack on the state. It henceforth lent its name to all the banned films of 1965, which became known as the "Rabbit Films." After its release in 1990, The Rabbit Is Me earned critical praise as one of the most important and courageous works ever made in East Germany. It was screened at The Museum of Modern Art in 2005 as part of the film series Rebels with a Cause: The Cinema of East Germany. —DEFA Film Library
kleine freiheit A Little Bit of Freedom Yüksel Yavuz 2003 Germany German, Kurdish, Turkish English subtitles NTSC 1h 42min | Director Yüksel Yavuz | 2004 | Germany | German, Kurdish, Turkish with English subtitles
kleine freiheit DVD coverKleine Freiheit is a 2003 film about the friendship (and later relationship) between two teenage boys who are illegal immigrants in Germany. The movie was critically well-received, particularly because of its accurate depiction of the Turkish–Kurdish conflict and the acting prowess of the nonprofessional actors. Cagdas Bozkurt won an acting prize at the Ankara film festival, while the movie won a viewers' choice award in Istanbul. Kleine Freiheit, the German title of the movie, is a wordplay on Große Freiheit (Great Freedom), the rather famous name of a street in the red light St. Pauli district, in Hamburg, where the plot is set.
Kommt Mausi raus? Will Mausi come out? Angelina Maccarone 1994 Germany German   PAL 88min | Director Angelina Maccarone | 1994 | Germany | German , no subtitles
Kommt Mausi raus? DVD coverYoung Mausi (a nickname) leaves her hometown - a very small province town in northwestern Germany - to live in the city of Hamburg. Being about 18 years old she has just finished school and seeks her freedom away from home. She knows she loves women but never dared to live accordingly. In Hamburg she soon finds a lover and a good friend, too, and the strength to face the narrow-minded people at home. After struggling with it for some time she returns for a visit to tell at least her mother and best friend. -
Kurische Nehrung Curonian Spit Volker Koepp 2001 Germany German, Russian, Lithuanian German subtitles PAL 1h 32min | Director Volker Koepp | 2001 | Germany | German, Russian, Lithuanian with German subtitles
Kurische Nehrung DVD coverThe 'Kurische Nehrung' is a promontory between the Baltic Sea and the Kaff, whose northern part belongs to Lithuania, while the south is Russian territory. This documentary feature depicts the landscape, the differences between the two countries, the opinions of the people and the German roots some of the inhabitants have.
Kurz & Gut macht Schule II Kurz & Gut go to school   2012 Germany German   NTSC Die 11 Filme, die auf dieser DVD versammelt sind, entstanden zum größten Teil zwischen 2005 und 2011
Kurz & Gut macht Schule II DVD coverMit diesen Filmen Deutsch zu lehren, durchbricht die Routinen. Es gibt Reality-Shows mit eifersüchtigen Flusspferden und verliebten Nashörnern (Kein Platz für Gerold). Man begegnet geheimnisvollen Truhen, die Menschen aus der Balance bringen (Balance). Man bangt um einen Kater, der für seine Liebe seine neun Leben aufs Spiel setzt (Kater). Man erfährt von der Menschheitsgeschichte aus der Sicht sprechender Steine (Das Rad) und darf den mörderischen Balztanz entfesselter Wasserspitzmäuse live miterleben (Unsere wunderschöne Natur). Der animierte Kurzfilm kann Redewendungen wörtlich nehmen, er kann „Köpfe verdrehen“ und „Herzen brechen“ (Liebeskrank). Er entführt den Zuschauer ins Nirwana (Unser Mann im Nirwana) und präsentiert uns den „Zufall“ in Person eines schüchternen jungen Mannes (Annie & Boo) oder eines hässlichen, bösartigen Trolls und Kinderdiebs (Wechselbalg). Schließlich kann der animierte Film die Welt verändern (Delivery) und Söhne zeigen, die bereit sind, für die wichtigste Frau ihres Lebens bis ans Ende der Welt zu gehen (Urs)
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Die Legende von Paul und Paula Legend of Paul and Paula Heiner Carow 1973 USA German English subtitles NTSC 106min | Director Heiner Carow | 1973 | Germany | German with English subtitles

Die Legende von Paul und Paula DVD coverThe film made the band Puhdys a household name in East Germany. The band performs four songs in the film, all of which drew heavily upon specific western pop songs.

  • • The film's enduring popularity led to a stretch of waterfront on the Rummelsburger See (Rummelsburg Lake) in Berlin-Lichtenberg, near where the boat scene was filmed, to be renamed Paul und Paula-Ufer (Paul And Paula Shore).
  • • Paul's new apartment was on the third floor of Singerstraße 51 in Friedrichshain. Paula's apartment across the street was demolished, as shown in the film. A supermarket now occupies part of the site.
  • • Berlin Ostbahnhof can briefly be seen in some of the outdoor scenes, as it is only a short distance from the Singerstraße. The supermarket where Paula worked is located at what was then Leninplatz (now Platz der Vereinten Nationen).
Lichter Distant Lights Hans-Christian Schmid 2003 Germany German   PAL 1h 4min | Director: Hans-Christian Schmid | Writers: Michael Gutmann, Hans-Christian Schmid | 2003 | Germany | German with no subtitles
Lichter DVD coverThis movie reflects on the situation around the border between Poland and Germany. The fate of many single characters creates a picture of life in this region: Some Ukrainians want to cross the border illegal to get into Germany, a company wants to build a new factory, a Polish taxi driver desperately needs money to buy his daughter a communion dress, and so on.
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Volker Schlöndorff 1975 USA German English subtitles NTSC 106min | Directors Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta | 1975 | Germany | German with English subtitles

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum DVD coverWhen Katharina Blum spends the night with an alleged terrorist, her quiet, ordered life falls into ruins. Suddenly a suspect, Katharina is subject to a vicious smear campaign by the police and a ruthless tabloid journalist, testing the limits of her dignity and her sanity. Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta’s powerful adaptation of Heinrich Böll’s novel is a stinging commentary on state power, individual freedom, and media manipulation––as relevant today as on the day of its release in 1975.

SPECIAL FEATURES • New digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions • New video interview with directors Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta • New video interview with director of photography Jost Vacano • Documentary on author Heinrich Boll • Original theatrical trailer • New and improved English subtitle translation • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition New cover by Neil Kellerhouse